By Capt Senanu Edward Akakpo
The Ghana battalion serving with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) on Thursday 18 July 2019 joined the international community to observe the “Nelson Mandela International Day”.
The day is an annual call for celebration observed internationally which came into existence through a resolution passed by the United Nations in 2009 officially declaring the birthday of the former late South African President, Nelson Mandela which falls on 18 July to be celebrated globally.
In honor of his 67 years of public service, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the UN advocate that individuals and institutions devote at least 67 minutes of their time volunteering to help others on the day.
It is against this background that, GHANBATT as part of MONUSCO Force, assisted to clean the surroundings of the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) hospital while GHANBATT medical staff supported medical specialists of the hospital and Mandela Foundation Doctors during a medical outreach.
The Engineer detachment of GHANBATT also conducted an initial painting of the university hospital in the company of the South African Ambassador to the DRC, HE Abel Mxolisi Shilubane and other dignitaries.
GHANBATT also provided filled water tanker and escort in support of the South African National Defence Force Specialist Contingent (SANDFSPECC) to supply potable drinking water to the Charisecours Orphanage as part of their winning hearts and minds activities.
Speaking at the sidelines of the launch of the 10th anniversary of Mandela Day at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kinshasa, the Deputy Commanding Officer (DCO) MONUSCO GHANBATT 15, Major GM Agboado, emphasised that whilst the day was to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela as an advocate for peaceful communal living, it was also to create the awareness that each individual or organisation has the power to transform the world and make an impact through ‘little acts of kindness’.
He said, the battalion’s involvement in the celebration formed part of its commitment to impact positively on the lives of the less privileged in its area of responsibility through civil-military joint activities.
Present to grace the occasion were several dignitaries notably the South African Ambassador to the DRC, HE Abel Mxolisi Shilubane, Ms. Awa Ndiaye Seck, UN Women Representative in the DRC, Prof Kayembe, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of UNIKIN, Professor Serge Tshibangu and Dr Bola, both special representatives of the DRC President.